Blogs

Love Stinks! (2007)

Love Stinks! Madison Public Library's 2nd Annual Anti-Valentine's Day Party
Agree? Even if you don't, you're invited to our 2nd annual Anti-Valentine's Day Party! We'll feature Baz Luhrmann's 'Romeo + Juliet,' a modern-day take on the classic Shakespeare play starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes:
Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue. The gun-toting members of the families wage a vicious war on the streets as the star-crossed lovers, their tragic destiny. (Rated PG-13) Read more »

Monrovia's Grand Opening (2007)

Monrovia Branch's Grand Opening
Join us as we celebrate the grand opening of our Monrovia Branch, located in the Woody Anderson Learning Center.
Dignitaries on hand will be Congressman Bud Cramer; Madison County Commissioner Dale Strong; and Cathy Anderson, widow of the late Woody Anderson. We will have refreshments furnished by Friends of the Monrovia Public Library and comments by Congressman Cramer and Commissioner Strong.

Congressman Bud Cramer
Madison County Commissioner Dale Strong
Cathy Anderson Read more »

Short Story Analysis for Amateurs (2007)

Rediscover the art of the short story.
Love literature, but don't have a lot of time to read? Ever feel like short stories get short shrift in comparison to novels? Then we've got the group for you -- a discussion group devoted solely to short stories. Read more »

From 24.com: Could you claim the throne?

London - Hundreds of hopefuls have stepped forward to claim the throne of England after a worldwide quest by genealogists to find a rightful heir.

After rooting through their family trees, legions of French, Italian, Norwegian, Dutch, Swedish and Canadian would-be royals bid for the monarchy.

More than a quarter of all claims came from the United States after English Heritage, an organisation which seeks to protect Britain's historical environment, placed advertisements in newspapers around the world. Read more »

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 1, # 11

Usenet Newsgroups are message groups set up for messages based on a particular subject matter. These are open forums that may or may not be moderated. As far as genealogy is concerned with the Usenet “hierarchy” system, the bulk of the newsgroups will be found in the soc.genealogy.* and alt.family-name.* groups. (The asterisks indicate a specific topic such as soc. genealogy.ireland or alt.family-name.wheadon). Read more »

FGS/NEHGS Conference Recordings

From the New England Historic Genealogical Society's website "FGS/NEHGS Conference Recordings Now Available." Thousands of people attended the recent FGS/NEHGS conference in Boston and had the opportunity to see and hear first-rate presentations made by leading experts in the field from several countries. But with hundreds of sessions to choose from they weren’t able to hear every session in which they were interested. Read more »

Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications

If you have Tennessee soldiers who received a Confederate pension, you'll want to check the State Archives site at http://www.state.tn.us/tsla/history/military/pension.htm Unlike Georgia, Tennessee has only the index of Soldiers and Widows Applications. However, you can order them from the Archives using their online form at http://www.state.tn.us/tsla/history/ss-2236.pdf

Richmond Newspaper Database, 1860-1865

From the website: "The Richmond Daily Dispatch is the result of a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and collaboration between the University of Richmond, Tufts University's Perseus Project, and the Virginia Center for Digital History. There are currently 1384 issues of the paper available online, ranging in date from November 1860 through December 1865." Take a look at http://dlxs.richmond.edu/d/ddr/index.html

Fantastic research database!

General Record Office - English Database

The General Register Office (GRO) in England has announced that a contract has been signed to digitize the birth, marriage, and death certificates that start in July 1837. For more information see http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/news/Dove_contract_signed.asp

These are crucial records for finding and documenting families. Indexes are available on film or fiche in select libraries. Searching is tedious because each year has four A-Z indexes, one for each quarter of the year. A recent online project, FreeBMD, is a quicker way to search an index but is not complete. Read more »

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